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    12-12-2018, 12:28 AM
    Ben and Bob, this is a fascinating discussion and I can't quite figure out who I agree with more in principle. As a practical matter I guess I'm...
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    12-11-2018, 01:06 PM
    WI-Tom replied to a thread DeVos Might Help Teachers in The Bilge
    Ian, re-read the OP. Apparently the loan company Fedloan was already noticing the problems in 2015, before DeVos. Tom
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    12-11-2018, 03:05 AM
    WI-Tom replied to a thread The Smocking Gun in The Bilge
    Is the gun still smocking? I lost track there. Tom
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    12-11-2018, 03:03 AM
    I'm glad Wisconsin doesn't require trailers under 3,000 lbs (I think) to have license plates. I've had my trailer as far as Texas and Florida and...
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    12-11-2018, 02:35 AM
    WI-Tom replied to a thread DeVos Might Help Teachers in The Bilge
    I missed that--apparently problems started at least as early as 2015, so you're right. A disastrous policy implementation for sure. Tom
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    12-11-2018, 02:25 AM
    WI-Tom replied to a thread Butina flipped! in The Bilge
    Wait--that's NOT David Lee Roth? Tom
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    12-11-2018, 02:13 AM
    It's generally called a push-pull tiller around here ("here" meaning the WBF). Sometimes I've heard it referred to as a Norwegian style push-pull...
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    12-10-2018, 01:09 PM
    WI-Tom replied to a thread DeVos Might Help Teachers in The Bilge
    Doesn't sound like DeVos helping teachers to me at all. Sounds like DeVos getting called out on the cruelty of her treatment of teachers in the...
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    12-10-2018, 12:57 PM
    WI-Tom replied to a thread Think about it in The Bilge
    Actually, he wrote the episode, but it was never aired because it was judged too far out to be believable enough for the show. Tom
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    12-10-2018, 12:48 PM
    Michigan is amazing--both the UP and the Mackinac Bridge area. Lots of good sailing. As for the boat, that's Ross Lillistone's Phoenix III...
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    12-09-2018, 06:41 PM
    True, true. Birch is heavy stuff. Not the right choice for a cartopper--but if you're using a trailer, it might not matter so much. My point was that...
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    12-09-2018, 06:33 PM
    How is an In-N-Out Burger sticker "virtue signalling?" Tom
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    12-09-2018, 06:28 PM
    Nah. I think it's a strong case for not letting your boat sit outside filling up with snow and rain. :) Good luck on the ongoing restoration....
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    12-09-2018, 06:26 PM
    Baltic birch has a nice finish, easily the equal of occume. Just sayin'. I wouldn't worry much about rot prevention in a trailer-sailed boat...
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    12-09-2018, 06:24 PM
    Bob, I don't disagree with much of what you posted above--I think you're correct that we agree on a lot--and I've long regarded you as one of the...
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    12-09-2018, 02:51 PM
    WI-Tom replied to a thread Favorite part of winter in The Bilge
    Wow. A bunch of anti-winter people here. The only thing I don't like about winter is the lack of daylight. Then again, nothing beats a walk through a...
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    12-09-2018, 12:44 AM
    WI-Tom replied to a thread Fog in The Bilge
    Fog is good:
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    12-08-2018, 11:53 PM
    WI-Tom replied to a thread There are no words.... in The Bilge
    The statistics on income via absolute dollar amounts are one way of looking at worldwide inequality. The buying power of those dollars, adjusted for...
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    12-08-2018, 11:44 PM
    WI-Tom replied to a thread Abolish the Senate in The Bilge
    .. A curious statement to make for a guy who supports a President who has been in violation of the Emoluments Clause since day one of his term in...
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    12-08-2018, 10:55 PM
    WI-Tom replied to a thread There are no words.... in The Bilge
    On those minimum-wage jobs: If you work full-time for minimum wage in the U.S., 50 weeks per year at 40 hours per week, you will be in the top 9%...
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    12-08-2018, 10:48 PM
    Maybe the storm and wave damage doesn't create small enough pieces? Tom
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    12-08-2018, 10:46 PM
    WI-Tom replied to a thread Abolish the Senate in The Bilge
    Interesting. Seems wildly impractical (as many great reforms do before they're enacted). The Senate as I understand it was meant to be LESS...
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    12-08-2018, 07:25 PM
    I tend to agree, but just to be clear, I wouldn't go so far as to say marine plywood is bad in itself. I think marine ply for a trailer-sailed boat...
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    12-08-2018, 04:53 PM
    I'm a big fan of using the Baltic birch plywood in my local big box stores for around $40/sheet for 1/4" thickness. This stuff is technically not...
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    12-07-2018, 02:00 PM
    No, not at the same time! I've carefully managed my visit to avoid having to face "the James" in person. I did that once. It was horrible. He made me...
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    12-07-2018, 01:54 PM
    Bob, I do have some sympathy for that view, so I haven't missed the point entirely. That said, I doubt I would have ever gotten involved in boat...
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    12-07-2018, 03:26 AM
    WI-Tom replied to a thread Republican Coup d'etat? in The Bilge
    Except that it's the state legislators who are immune to voters because of gerrymandering, and the U.S. Senate isn't affected by gerrymandered...
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    12-07-2018, 03:23 AM
    WI-Tom replied to a thread Republican Coup d'etat? in The Bilge
    I'll be streaming into Canada sometime around July, pulling this boat behind me on a trailer: Maybe this time they'll let me stay. Tom
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    12-07-2018, 03:11 AM
    I can understand that perspective. I can also understand the inherent irony in such a purist stance, as if wanting boats that were inexpensive and...
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